Quantcast

What colour is light enough to paint the hives???

Beekeeping Forum

Help Support Beekeeping Forum:

Polyanwood 

Queen Bee
Joined
Nov 7, 2008
Messages
2,203
Reaction score
1
Location
London
Hive Type
14x12
Number of Hives
45
Refused to pay top dollar in hardware shop for the amount of Cuprinol I need, so now will be scavenging in the bargain bins.

Someone said that they thought hives should be a light colour to reflect the heat, as getting too hot was very bad for the bees. The only colour that was cheap was the brownish wood coloured ones most people use for fences. Do people think they are too dark???
 

Hivemaker. 

Queen Bee
Joined
Nov 8, 2008
Messages
14,310
Reaction score
1
Location
Exmoor.
Hive Type
national
no. better still don't paint at all.
 
Last edited:

Polyanwood 

Queen Bee
Joined
Nov 7, 2008
Messages
2,203
Reaction score
1
Location
London
Hive Type
14x12
Number of Hives
45
So you reckon red cedar, or whatever I got cheap for the fence will do?
 

doorman 

New Bee
Joined
Nov 10, 2008
Messages
50
Reaction score
0
Location
15 miles south of Aberystwyth
Hive Type
national
Number of Hives
6
Rather than worry about colour, check what's in them, some wood treatments may contain chemicals not recommended for bee hives.
 

Hivemaker. 

Queen Bee
Joined
Nov 8, 2008
Messages
14,310
Reaction score
1
Location
Exmoor.
Hive Type
national
Most of the cheap shed and fence paints are water based(acrylic) no harm to bee's when dry.
 

admin 

Administrator
Staff member
Joined
Jul 28, 2008
Messages
6,393
Reaction score
1
Location
Hampshire uk
Hive Type
national
Number of Hives
6
I think Thornes do a 500ml tin of hive preserve for about ?50 a tin.
 

Polyanwood 

Queen Bee
Joined
Nov 7, 2008
Messages
2,203
Reaction score
1
Location
London
Hive Type
14x12
Number of Hives
45
This lot I bought were pine, not cedar... Do you still reckon OK not to paint them??

Cuprinol is water based...

£50 a tin!!!! I was moaning about £17.99.
 

Hivemaker. 

Queen Bee
Joined
Nov 8, 2008
Messages
14,310
Reaction score
1
Location
Exmoor.
Hive Type
national
The cheap shed and fence stuff is not a wood preserver,so is no good on pine,they will rot. you need cuprinol.
 

admin 

Administrator
Staff member
Joined
Jul 28, 2008
Messages
6,393
Reaction score
1
Location
Hampshire uk
Hive Type
national
Number of Hives
6
I use a brown Cupranol,3 coats seem to do the job.
Dont buy a cheaper B+Q etc brand as you will have to do about 6 coats at least with it.

I think Hivemaker does BOTH sides of the boxes to stop condensation on the inner surface on his Nucs.
 

Hivemaker. 

Queen Bee
Joined
Nov 8, 2008
Messages
14,310
Reaction score
1
Location
Exmoor.
Hive Type
national
Plywood nucs only,do both sides to help prevent warping,all cedar stuff i use nothing.
 

Polyanwood 

Queen Bee
Joined
Nov 7, 2008
Messages
2,203
Reaction score
1
Location
London
Hive Type
14x12
Number of Hives
45
Is that true you paint them inside and out Hivemaker?

Only buy Cuprinol because I bought a Cuprinol sprayer to do the sheds and fences. I guess I could use the sprayer to do the hives, but I thought you have to make sure you didn't get any paint on the surfaces where the hive parts sit on top of each other??? Was told that if you paint these surfaces, as you slide the boxes on and off, you put bits of paint debris in the honey???

Rubbish or not???
 

Poly Hive 

Queen Bee
Joined
Dec 4, 2008
Messages
13,655
Reaction score
2
Location
Scottish Borders
Hive Type
national
Number of Hives
9 and 18 Nucs
Try this... (three coats, pah!)

Pour four gallons of cuprinol into a bucket, and put unassembled pine into said container and leave over night. Turn around next day and continue the soak and see how much the wood absorbs.

Prepare to go... Wow!

PH
 

Hivemaker. 

Queen Bee
Joined
Nov 8, 2008
Messages
14,310
Reaction score
1
Location
Exmoor.
Hive Type
national
Polyanwood,cuprinol clear wood preserver is not paint,so nothing will come off. And dipping is a good way,but if your hive is allready assembled you could cut down a 205 litre drum and put in a few gallons,say six,you can pick this up quite cheap around £150 and will keep to do some more hives.Or you could dip them in boiling wax.
 
Last edited:

Latest posts

Top